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Jo-Anne Thomas will be representing SAWEA at the next Expert Reference Group meeting for the Electricity Grid Infrastructure SEA, on 21 July 2015. If any SAWEA members have specific queries they wish to be raised please inform email@example.com
Appointment of a SAWEA representative to the South African Bat Assessment Association Panel:
The South African Bat Assessment Association (SABAA) has recently approved a constitution that will be formally adopted on the 18th June 2015. The constitution states that all SABAA panellists (SABAAP) are to be members of SABAA. The panel seats are composed of:
•tTwo bat or wildlife-related NGO seats
•tTwo non-consulting bat specialist academics
•tThree consulting bat specialist consultants
•tOne government representative from either the DEA or one of the Provincial Conservation Authorities who is actively involved in development processes that may impact on bats
•tOne representative from the SAWEA
Considering the above panel seats, please put forward your nominations for the 2015/2016 SABAAP before the 18th June 2015. You can put forward as many names as you like, as these will be fairly voted for on the 18th June. Please confirm with the person you are nominating that they are happy to stand before you put their name forward. Only SABAA members are entitled to vote (membership costs R100/year for an individual).
For further information or to put forward your name for nomination please email firstname.lastname@example.org
SAWEA will be holding an update meeting with DEA on Wednesday 3rd June 2015. Current agenda items include updates on: Submission deadlines for windows 4.5 and 5; DEA project database; the 2014 EIA Regulations; DEA's proposed renewable energy guideline; and stakeholder engagement challenges.
If SAWEA members have any specific issues that they wish to be discussed at the meeting please email email@example.com
Update on the progress of the Electricity Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in support of SIP10: Electricity for all:
Phase II - Corridor Refinement: The Final Corridors and Draft Corridor Environmental Constraints Map have been identified and can be viewed on the project website: egi.csir.co.za/
Phase III - Environmental Assessment: Specialists have been appointed to review the Draft Corridor Environmental Constraints Map. The specialists will be required to review and update the Draft Corridor Environmental Constraints map as well as recommend what additional level of assessment should be undertaken within the different sensitivity areas. egi.csir.co.za/
Project Website: egi.csir.co.za/
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has released an updated First Quarter 2015 Renewable Energy EIA Applications Map.
The map, KMZ file and attribute table is available from the DEA's Environment GIS (EGIS) website: egis.environment.gov.za/…
Online Map: dea.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/…
Please submit any discrepancies, possible errors and comments relating to the Application Map to REapplicationmap@environment.gov.za.
EWG activities so far in 2015:
•tSubmission of comments on version 3 of the Best Practice Bat Monitoring Guidelines (December 2014)
•tSubmission of a Position Statement on wind energy and intentional impacts to avian communities to BirdLife, EWT and other stakeholders (January 2015)
•tSubmission of comments and Position Statement on the draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZ) proposal (February 2015)
Thank you to everyone involved in these activities.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mantwa Mathebula and Ashlin Bodasing to the EWG. Ashlin is replacing Jennifer Slack as the representative from Arcus Consulting and Mantwa joins as a new representative from Enel. We look forward to your productive input on EWG matters. Welcome to the team!
Uploaded on 12 Jan 2015: List of avifauna specialists (2015); SAWEA comments on Dec 2014 revision (version 3) of bird monitoring guidelines.
The next Expert Reference Group meeting for the National Wind and Solar SEA and Grid Transmission Corridor SEA will be held in Pretoria on 11 Feb 2015. Katherine Persson will attend this meeting on behalf of the EWG. Feedback will be provided in due course.
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